Black Blogger Month 2012: Black Girls' Guide To Weight Loss
Health and Wellness Lifestyle

Black Blogger Month: Black Girls’ Guide to Weight Loss, From Fat to Fit

Erika Nicole Kendall, founder of Black Girls' Guide to Weight Loss

Networking is important in the digital space because…

Networking is how you find out just how far you can take “this blogging thing.” If you go from your blog to a book to a TV show, it’s highly likely that someone you’ve met along the way will be the one to help you get there or realize you should go for it.

The best piece of business advice I ever got was…

Use what you’ve got, to get what you want. Don’t compromise your person, which is the one thing that sets you apart as a blogger, in the hopes that you’ll benefit financially from it. You’d be changing the one reason your readers consistently come to you. Stay true to who you are and find ways to make money with that.

How I measure success is…

By the amount of media outlets reaching out to me. It’s one thing to have an amazing bunch of readers. It’s another thing to have someone who thinks a spotlight should be shone on you.

If I wasn’t blogging today I’d probably be…

Going back to school to get my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. Music history is my first love. I kind of just accidentally fell into the fitness arena.

My advice for anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps is…

Go into this because this is what you believe in, and never stray from your original goal. Keeping your focus will attract more people than you would if you simply followed every trend you could get your hands on or took every opportunity that came your way.

It’s important for women of color to be healthy because…

So often, we find ourselves as the heads of our households; we are ones passing down our unfiltered habits to our children. If you’ve got an emotional eating habit, you’re probably passing the idea of coping with stress through food to your children. If you eat when you’re bored, you’re teaching your child that this is how you handle boredom. If you’re a couch potato, you’re teaching your children that this is acceptable. People are always wondering how to “fix childhood obesity,” but I’ve always said that if you change the parents’ habits, you change the children by default.

The biggest misconception about being healthy is…

That it’s simply being skinny or that being healthy can be measured by your dress size. Now, mind you, there are extremes on either side, but what we fail to acknowledge is that there’s this glorious middle ground where many of us can rest comfortably in a non-size 4 dress and a clean bill of health… but if you just want to look different, ain’t nothing wrong with that either.

The most common excuse I hear is people don’t have…

Time. As someone who used to spend a good six-to-eight hours in an uncomfortable salon and at least three-to-four hours each evening watching my favorite TV shows, I’m familiar with the idea “we make time for what we want.” When you want it bad enough, very little else will matter.

Be sure to check out the rest of the digital thought leaders as they’re revealed each day by logging on to BlackEnterprise.com/BlackBloggerMonth.

 


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